On Essex Mums this month
This month saw us reaching 3000 members on the forum - hooray! As Essex Mums has brought so many of us together and created some lovely friendships both amongst Mums and kids, I thought I would use this newsletter to focus on the ways you can make friends on the site, whether you're just looking to chat, or for friends to meet up with, a nice little group of Mums local to you, or just one great friend.
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Chatting on the forum
We may have a lot of members, but we could always do with more chat! The forum is so friendly, I know it can seem a bit like everyone knows each other at first and may be slightly intimidating, but the majority of us met through the site and we really do always welcome some new faces. You can come and introduce yourself and receive a warm welcome or just come and have a natter in one of the daily threads. Most of the time we're just talking about every day stuff but it's a really a lovely way of getting to know the other members of the forum as we share so much about our days. 


Log-in Problems
A few people have had problems logging into the forum and are getting a message to say their details are wrong. If you are one of them, please let me know and we can reset your password so that you can gain access again!


Meeting Up
The Meet-Ups 2012 thread is currently looking a little bare, but hopefully now we're getting into the swing of things this year, we can start to fill it up with lots of great get-togethers! If you'd like to start something in your area, please feel free to post it in the Meet-Up section and if you'd like me to list it on the facebook group too, just let me know! It would be lovely to get some more regular meet-ups, be they at coffee mornings, playcentres or something completely different across the county so that everyone can attend something if they want to. I know at the moment a few people feel the meet-ups are somewhat limited in the areas they're in - the solution is for you to start something!


Facebook & Twitter
Speaking of Facebook, if you're on there (who isn't?!) then do come and join the Essex Mums Group and Page for updates on the site. Likewise, if you're on Twitter, come and follow Essex Mums!


Feedback

I know I say this every month but I really do value any feedback I can get on the site and would love to know what you love, loathe and would like to see on Essex Mums. If there's something that doesn't quite work properly for you,  something you think would be fantastic to see - anything, please do send it over. If you'd prefer to remain anonymous, just fill in the feedback form and put 'Anon' in the email box, it will still reach me.


Ads for February
I have a few ad spots remaining for February - get in touch if there's something you're interested in and quote 'NEWSLETTER' for a 10% discount!


Competitions
Things to win! Check out the great competitions we currently have running. If you would like to run a competition yourself please let me know - it's a great way to advertise for free and also give something lovely to parents in Essex!


Alternative Shopping Guide

Looking for great gifts, fairtrade or handmade toys, clothes that are a bit different to what's on the High Street, or just something to treat yourself? You'll find it all and more on the Essex Mums Alternative Shopping Guide! Browse shops on the guide by category, or search the product guide for that perfect buy! The new 2012 guide has just started and now is the perfect time to sign up so drop me a line if you're interested. See below for new shops added last month!


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Product Reviews
Here's a list of what's been added this month! 
You can see a bit about each of our reviewers here, or can go straight to the reviews here.

Babies Toddlers Mums to Be Parents

New on the Shopping Guide
The Shopping Guide features both a shop listing and a product listing to help you find that perfect gift, whether it's for someone else, or for yourself! The guide features lots of lovely products that are a bit different to what you'll find on the High Street, and new products are being added all the time. Take a look! If you are interested in being featured, please let me know. 

New additions this month:

  • Unique and handcrafted breastfeeding necklaces from Babybeads 
  • At Buggysnuggle we make snuggly stuff… 
  • Eccentric Ella: Handcrafted Items that are totally unique
  • Beautiful handmade bags, purses and more from Gerda Bags
  • A stunning collection of contemporary and traditional home linens from Linen at Home 
  • Skibz - The Funky New Bib

Everything else
As always, please send any events, feedback, ideas etc. to me at louise@essexmums.org. I love hearing how people use the site and ways I can improve it. Oh, and make sure you enter some of our lovely competitions!

I hope you have a lovely month and that I'll get to see you at a meet-up soon.

Kind regards
Louise

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